“I Don’t Know Who That is”: F1 Fan’s Shocking Response to a Charles Leclerc Question at Miami GP

Published 05/14/2022, 5:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Miami Grand Prix – Miami International Autodrome, Miami, Florida, U.S. – May 7, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski

Miami GP was a one-of-a-kind experience for many Formula 1 fans. A shocking revelation, where a localite didn’t know who Charles Leclerc is, left us all in splits.

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The event proved to be an interesting experience. From Lewis Hamilton turning up in heavy jewelry to Sebastian Vettel wearing his underpants over a racing suit, it was all rather bizarre yet quite remarkable.

Formula One F1 – Miami Grand Prix – Miami International Autodrome, Miami, Florida, U.S. – May 8, 2022 General view during the race REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

A fan didn’t know who Charles Leclerc is

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Ferrari boy Charles Leclerc has been a treat to F1 fans this season. Although he did not finish as the first-ever Miami winner, he sure impressed many new fans. The 24-year-old locked in a tremendous effort as he became the pole-sitter for the GP. Starting the race strong, his tires quickly gave away and a pace advantage awarded rival Max Verstappen the win.

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During a recent quizzing session with presenter Matt Gallagher, a fun Leclerc moment came out. Enthusiastically interviewing attendees about F1, Gallagher asked one: “At which track did Charles Leclerc take his first win?”. To his surprise, the person replied, “I don’t know who that is!”. Gallagher, like many, was in shock and bulged his eyes out while making sense of his surroundings.

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America has a brand new craze for F1

Not knowing Leclerc would practically be a crime right now, as he sits right at the top of the chart. A fierce title contender, many fans favor a world title inscribed with his name. However, F1’s new popularity in several nations, including America, gives a reasonable excuse for that answer.

Drive to Survive and 3 circuits from 2023 are one of the biggest reasons F1 has spread like wildfire in the States. A centrally European sport, racing has now moved to several other nations. With new tracks debuting every new year, motorsports growth has been unstoppable. Miami also was a hit with the fans, and the authorities went over the top with the arrangements.

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Countless celebs attended the event. Moreover, a specially large podium debuted alongside a very Americanized presentation. In fact, even the racing itself proved to be tricky, as the track was not an easy one to conquer. The chicane was well-lauded, and the race proved to be entertaining.

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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